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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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world-class

1,725 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,725
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 864
Gots: 285 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  29.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-09-2005)
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tbryan5

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-17-2013 13:53:25 | More by tbryan5
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bsopko

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-17-2013 05:41:12 | More by bsopko
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing, it was most generous of you sir.

I've had this three times now, mainly due to the generosity of others, and I can say it's not really my thing. Would much rather but a top shelf bottle of bourbon or scotch for the price, though obviously no comparison there.

Pours a tawny almond skin brown, zero bubbles, zero lacing, bright clarity in the glass.

Aromas are sticky sweet, big raisin and prune, nutty sweet tawny port. Flavors are largely the same, flavors linger long into the finish. Seems like any number of aged strong ales... Hardy's, JW Lees, etc, albeit with a nitro boost of alcohol. What mars the experience to me is the jarring astringent bite from the alcohol, which is more akin to sipping a whiskey neat. The complexity and flavors are there, it's just not as easy to sip as it could be, maybe 27% has something to do with it. Again, my personal preference is for beer and/or whiskey, not a hybrid, though this is an exceptionally unique product.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:26:27 | More by emerge077
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markmcconv

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-16-2013 21:01:48 | More by markmcconv
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-16-2013 20:26:47 | More by ChicagoNick
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-16-2013 19:33:54 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-14-2013 22:39:36 | More by chippo33
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watsonmd

Georgia

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard to believe this was born as a beer. Really is more in line with a cognac, port, or other cordial.

A: poured into a snifter, 2 oz pour. The only beer with "legs" that I have ever had.

S: Unbelievable, sweet, fruity, rich

T: Fruit: plum, cherry, rasin, with a nice smooth alcohol, some spices, and oak.

M: Sticky, smooth, thick, syrupy.

O: A rare experience, graciously extended by a local pub owner. Would have a hard time paying $300 for a 24 ounce bottle, but glad I tried it!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 16:37:14 | More by watsonmd
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ehammond1


4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012 - 10th Anniversary)

Thanks, JealousChalice!

Gorgeous dark coppers, amber, and caramels with zero visible carbonation, as expected. Nice clarity. Oily, alcoholic legs.

Perhaps the most complex aroma I've experienced in a beer of this style--though, granted, there is no beer in existence quite like this one to begin with. Vanillas, toffees, caramels, alcoholic kick, brandy-soaked cherry, and maple combine. This reminds me distinctly of a brandy or port. Lovely.

The flavor is even better than the aroma, though that almost seems impossible. Complex layers of maple, vanilla, brandy-soaked cherries, and port. The alcohol is less evident in the flavor than it is in the aroma, as well. Mind blowing.

Medium to full in body, with zero carbonation, though amazingly appropriate. Rich, coating, oily. Not too sweet, which was my worry.

Stupendous. One of a kind. There are no words, but I tried my best.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 05:06:54 | More by ehammond1
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-12-2013 21:20:40 | More by iL0VEbeer
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osofresh

California

4/5  rDev -10.3%

02-12-2013 05:32:18 | More by osofresh
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Thecherryman

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-12-2013 04:44:16 | More by Thecherryman
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-11-2013 15:21:09 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-11-2013 04:00:42 | More by randylangford
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-11-2013 01:40:36 | More by Lambocalrisien
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emile772

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-10-2013 23:11:32 | More by emile772
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-10-2013 21:05:42 | More by ROBSTARR
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badboy7113

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-10-2013 16:54:34 | More by badboy7113
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Shilt

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-10-2013 15:14:09 | More by Shilt
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DangerDawg

Ohio

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-10-2013 01:04:05 | More by DangerDawg
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-08-2013 23:40:33 | More by DWolf
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e30todamax

Virginia

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-08-2013 08:14:05 | More by e30todamax
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Prospero

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-07-2013 21:04:38 | More by Prospero
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BColton1

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-07-2013 14:11:41 | More by BColton1
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Mjmoser

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-07-2013 03:18:14 | More by Mjmoser
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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